Apples are versatile fruits that not only make beautiful desserts or juices but also work wonders in savoury vegetarian and vegan apple recipes. British apples come in over 3000 varieties. With that much choice surely we can avoid buying imported apples!
Conventional apple crops are often sprayed with a vast amount of chemicals and apples feature regularly in The Dirty Dozen™ list from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Conventional agriculture uses pesticides to grow vegetables and fruits. Pesticides are detrimental to health and have been linked to a number of conditions including headaches, cancer and endocrine disruption. Contrary to popular belief washing or peeling does not always remove pesticides. However, it is good to keep in mind that “pesticides levels typically diminish when food is cooked“. That's why it is best to buy organic apples if you can or grow your own by planting an apple tree in your garden.
What pairs well with apples?
Sweet and crisp, apples are delicious on their own raw or baked. They pair fantastically well with cinnamon in traditional dishes such as apple crumble or apple pie. Apples are also perfect for savoury dishes like soups, salads, quiches, risotto etc... . I also love to add them to soups.
Nutritional Content: good source of fibre, antioxidants and Vitamin C. Also contains Vitamins B.
UK Season: August to February.